Viewing photos in Google Earth has long been a popular activity for avid virtual globe-trotters. It's one of the best ways to "visit" places all over the world without paying for a plane ticket or getting jet lag. Today, the Google Earth photo viewing experience just got better with the addition of panoramic images.

People using Google Earth will find a new "Photos" layer that includes not only the existing 2D photos from the Panoramio community, but also panoramic photos from around the world contributed by users of These high-resolution panoramic photos are marked in Google Earth as red square icons. When you click on one of these icons, an info bubble containing an image appears, and clicking on the image again will take you into our photo viewing mode. You can then look around in 360-degree views and experience the place as if you’re standing right at the center of it.

new "Photos" layer on Google Earth

info bubble on Google Earth

These panoramic photos are shot by average people just like you and me. To contribute your panoramic photos, visit We invite all users to become part of the community and mark your photo journey in Google Earth.

Check out some of the beautiful images now available right in Google Earth.

Golden Gate Bridge on Google Earth and on

Gapang Beach, Pulau Weh, Indonesia on Google Earth and on

Lion's Head, South Africa on Google Earth and on

Diving New Caledonia Amedee Island on Google Earth and on

Umag Asanas, Istria at sunset on Google Earth and on

Panthéon and Foucault pendulum, Paris on Google Earth and on

Posted by Wei Luo, Senior Geo Data Strategist